Rolls – car with the dragon coachline
THE importance of the Chinese market is endorsed by Rolls-Royce’s decision to offer bespoke detailing for the Phantom models to celebrate the Year of the Dragon from January 23.
Dragons are embroidered in the headrests, appear in marquetry and are painted on the car’s exterior. R-R is being careful: “In order to achieve perfect symmetry and balance, the dragon will always look forward. The hand-painted dragon coachline is inspired by the Forbidden City in Beijing and provides distinctive finishing touches to the car’s exterior.”
Chinese-owned Volvo is celebrating a return to sustainable trading. Halfyear results show higher profits and a 20 per cent sales increase, to 230,746 cars. Helpers included demand for the 60 range and low CO2 DRIVe models which take 19.2pc of European sales.
A cautionary note: “The recent developments in the global economy makes it difficult for us to predict the car market and we need to be prepared for changes in consumer demand,” says Stefan Jacoby, president and CEO, Volvo Car Corporation.
Volkswagen’s Golf, due for replacement next year, retained its No 1 sales position in Europe in July, with the smaller Polo replacing the Ford Fiesta at No 2.
Half year sales champs are Golf, Fiesta, Polo, Corsa, Clio, Astra, and Focus. The total market is down 1.7pc on 2010. (Source: JATO Dynamics).
The Gilera Runner top-end moped was the most stolen motorbike last year, with the more practical Piaggio the most stolen brand. Be vigilant, says Detective Chief Inspector Mark Hooper, head of ACPO Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service. “It can take less than ten seconds to overcome a normal steering lock.”